Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic
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  • Summary: The latest release for the musical humorist "Weird Al" Yankovic features parodies of songs sung by Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Robin Thicke, and Pharrell Williams.
  • Record Label: RCA
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Comedy/Spoken, Comedy Rock, Novelty, Song Parody
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    100
    Mandatory Fun is a stone cold masterpiece.
  2. Jul 15, 2014
    83
    Despite these missteps ["Sports Song" annd "Inactive"], the album is a rousing success; it’s both a smart meta-commentary on pop music and a collection that never takes itself too seriously.
  3. Jul 21, 2014
    80
    Wonders never cease on Mandatory Fun, and neither do the laughs.
  4. Jul 15, 2014
    77
    Mandatory Fun is a good, humorous album that shows that Yankovic is not slowing down in the slightest.
  5. Jul 15, 2014
    76
    The Weird One delivers the reprocessed goods, though it's his original tunes — done in the idiosyncratic styles of his favorite artists--that truly warrant repeat listening.
  6. Jul 18, 2014
    70
    It’s impossible to predict which of today’s hit songs will become tomorrow’s classics, but at least Mandatory Fun, Weird Al’s 14th studio album, delivers on the laughs.
  7. Jul 15, 2014
    60
    Sure, there’s a touch of hypocrisy in a guy as gloriously tacky as Al taking shots at the shameless but who really cares when it’s this much fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    The Vicar of Yanks has done it again! "Handy" just might be the song of the summer. Al's take on Lorde's hit Royals is equally hilarious. AThe Vicar of Yanks has done it again! "Handy" just might be the song of the summer. Al's take on Lorde's hit Royals is equally hilarious. A definite buy for fans of funny music. Expand
  2. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    Possibly his best work since 'Even Worse', Weird Al forays against a plethora of genres for his latest album, from rap with his parody of IzzyPossibly his best work since 'Even Worse', Weird Al forays against a plethora of genres for his latest album, from rap with his parody of Izzy Azalea's "Fancy" ("Handy") to indie-rock, lampooning Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" ("Inactive"). "Word Crimes", a parody of Robin Thicke's pop-hit "Blurred Lines" stands out particularly for dismissing the controversial, arguably sexist tone of the original to promote a light-hearted message of literary education, particularly relevant in our world of internet acronyms and emoticons.

    Al consistently exhibits his magnificent ability to pinpoint elements of popular culture, moreso than his previous records; it feels less disjointed than the likes of the forgettable 'Alpocalypse' or even 'Alapalooza', a record truly suited for the social networking age. Even the album art is worth a giggle. 5*
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  3. Sep 14, 2014
    10
    Certainly Al's best in recent times. I'm a huge Al fan, and I have almost everything he's ever put out, but "Word Crimes" and "Sports Songs"Certainly Al's best in recent times. I'm a huge Al fan, and I have almost everything he's ever put out, but "Word Crimes" and "Sports Songs" are the first classics he's put out since Poodle Hat ("Ode to a Superhero" and "eBay"). The comedy aspect plus Weird Al's both musical and writing talent makes Mandatory Fun an instant classic and a must-have. Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    The songs are catchy and more importantly, FUN!

    If this really is Weird Al's last full album, then he went out with a bang! A must have
    The songs are catchy and more importantly, FUN!

    If this really is Weird Al's last full album, then he went out with a bang!

    A must have for any fan!
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  5. Jul 21, 2014
    10
    This album certainly is better than his previous effort, Alpocalypse. The parodies are much stronger, and the originals don't feel like halfThis album certainly is better than his previous effort, Alpocalypse. The parodies are much stronger, and the originals don't feel like half finished ideas. His parodies make the original songs more tolerable. This album was a great first listen, and any fan of mainstream would enjoy a new twist on their favorite songs. Go listen to it. Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    I can hardly believe what I'm hearing! Weird Al does it again only betterer. Weird Al's Mandatory Fun is easily Weird Al's best Album sinceI can hardly believe what I'm hearing! Weird Al does it again only betterer. Weird Al's Mandatory Fun is easily Weird Al's best Album since his last! Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2014
    7
    All the original tunes are great however the songs chosen to be parodied leave a little to be desired. This isn't Mr. Yankovic's fault sinceAll the original tunes are great however the songs chosen to be parodied leave a little to be desired. This isn't Mr. Yankovic's fault since the popular music of today is truly god-awful. I just wish he would have parodied a few rock songs or at least a few artists that are actually good. Expand

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